Local Champion from Talise in Mana...

Made Ros is one of the many waste pickers (or called fighters) in Talise village. She is a survivor of the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi in 2018. Post-disaster conditions have forced her to move from Talise Beach to a shelter. However, it did not stop her from working as a waste picker. She usually walks 1.8 km and spends about an hour from her place to Undata Hospital to...

Youth Leadership in Cianjur Earthqu...

During a disaster emergency response, the role of a leader is needed to embrace the community and support each other in difficult situations. This is reflected in one of the affected people in Gasol Village, Pipit Pitriadi (27), who is more familiarly called Pipit. He is a YAKKUM Emergency Unit (YEU) volunteer and coordinator at one of the evacuation posts in Gasol Village, Cugenang S...

Education, Collaboration, and Innov...

Indonesia is ranked in the top third of countries in terms of climate risk1, with high vulnerability to extreme weather events such as floods and droughts, and long-term changes from sea level rise, shifts in rainfall patterns, and increasing temperature. The Special Region of Yogyakarta is no exception to this risk. According to the National Disaster Management Authority, Badan Nasio...

Tracing the Leadership of Women wit...

How do persons with disabilities deal with disasters? Persons with disabilities are considered vulnerable and many of them have to deal with challenges when disaster occurs, especially when they want to continue living towards independence during the post-disaster recovery period. This challenge is exacerbated by the view of the society who often underestimate the capabilities of pers...

Story of Mak Ara who stay in a comm...

It was a sunny afternoon on Thursday, 1 December 2022, when the YEU response team visited a communal tent in Talaga Village in Cugenang sub-district. The team conducted an assessment to identify the condition, need and the gaps experienced by at-risk communities, either in the communal tent or in the household tent. An elderly lady was seen walking around the tent and invited them to ...

An Indonesian Experience: Gado-Gado...

Four years ago, I began my journey into higher education. First at Charles Darwin University, then transitioning to a bachelor’s degree in Humanitarian and Development Studies at Western Sydney University. My goal was to equip myself with the knowledge needed to alleviate widespread suffering and enhance human dignity. During the past few years, I have volunteered as a community org...

Meet the Local Champion!

His name is Doddy Kurniawan Kaliri from DIFAGANA DIY. DIFAGANA DIY is a disaster preparedness initiative from the community of persons with disabilities in the Indonesian province of Yogyakarta. As the leader of DIFAGANA in the region, Doddy is also spearheading an innovation partnership with YAKKUM Emergency Unit (YEU). DIFAGANA DIY is currently one of the innovators in the Community...

Being productive has no age limit

You can only be productive at a certain age, is a common misconception relating to ageism, as people often assume once one gets to a certain age they are no longer of productive value. This is a sentence that is just not true, there are many ways to keep productive in one's older years. A perfect example is Mr Kasmudin, a 78-year-old male, from Loli Tasiburi Village in Donggala Distri...

Doddy Kurniawan Kaliri, The Local C...

APMCDRR (the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction) is one of the most important conferences in the Asia-Pacific region to advance the efforts on disaster risk reduction. The event was attended by ministers, government officials, representatives of the private sector, non-profits, and CSOs, including vulnerable groups. APMCDRR became an extension agenda after ...

Nurrainun's story, an inspiring Ben...

Nurainun, a 34-year-old local baker from Loli Tasiburi, Donggala, Central Sulawesi. She is one of the beneficiaries of Market for the Poor, a program that aims to strengthen the economic sector by creating sustainable benefits for vulnerable communities. The outcome is that communities affected by the 2018 earthquake and tsunami and COVID-19 can improve their economy and increase thei...

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